Spring Concert 2019

The Spring Concert is the last of the school year, and it also might be the last concert in which many  senior musicians will perform, both at Blair and in life. So be sure to support your fellow peers Friday, May 3rd, in the DuBois Theater.

Jazz Band will open with the songs “Blue Bossa” and “Jumpin’ At The Woodside.” The soloists include Hayden Lee ’22, Simar Anand ’21, Sasha Bakulina ’21, Ashton Martini ’20, as well as seniors Matt Dev ’19, Rachael Ninomiya ’19, Brennan Cooney ’19, and Summer Will ’19.

After the Jazz Band, the choir groups will showcase their talents. The Women’s Ensemble will first perform “She Sings” by Amy F. Bernon, followed by the Men’s Choir singing “Vive L’amour!” arranged by Alice Parker and Robert Shaw, featuring soloist Ryan Gomez ’20.

Chamber Choir will perform both “The Lord Bless You and Keep You,” by Peter C. Lutkin, and “I’ll Be Seeing You,” arranged by Darmon Meader.

Rounding out the vocal portion of the evening, Singers will perform “You Will Be Found” and “This Is Me”by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, and “I Carry Your Heart” by Eric Whitacre. The Singers soloists will be Grace Rayer ’19, John Zoetjes ’19, Nicola Kirkwood ’19. There will also be a couple of surprise performers..

Transitioning back to musical instruments, the Chamber Orchestra, which includes string instruments and select woodwinds, will be performing 2 pieces: “Symphony No. 40 in G Minor” by Mozart and an original piece written by Wils Acker ’19, called “Opus.”

The Symphony Orchestra will end the concert by playing three pieces all of which originate from different genres of music. The pieces are “Bolero” by Maurice Ravel, “Symphony No. 5 in D Major” by Felix Mendelssohn, and a medley from the movie The Greatest Showman, which was arranged by Sean O’Loughlin.

While the evening consists of all different musical performances, we must remember the Blair seniors. Here are some  cherished memories from some of the senior musicians:

Rachael Ninomiya ’19 –

Q: How have you grown as a musician during your time at Blair?

A: “I think how I’ve grown most [is] by playing what is…not directly written on the paper.”

Summer Will ’19 –

Q: What do you look forward to most for your last concert?

A: “I’m looking forward to my last solo this concert, as this may be the last time I actually would play an improvised solo.”

Matt Dev ’19 –

Q:  How have you grown as a musician during your time at Blair?

A: “Dude! I couldn’t even read…and I only knew one scale…Blair’s music program has helped me to read music, which has been a major development.”

Tom Merkle ’19 –

Q: What is it about performing in Jazz & Orchestra that was most meaningful to you?

A: “Besides the music, I definitely think friendship…Matt [Dev ’19] especially. He’s practically been my best friend throughout my time at Blair, and it has been thanks to us meeting at orchestra.”

The seniors will be missed. Enjoy the show!
(Copyright 2019 Sean Um)